Niwas was built in the 1928 by General Amar Singh, Thakur of Kanota, Commander
of the Jaipur State Forces and confident of the then Maharaja, Sawai Man Singh.
General Amar Singh was the grandson of Thakur Zorawar Singh, founder of the
Thakur Shivnath Singh, (General Amar Singhji’s brother) supervised the
actual construction. The new mansion was named after their father, Thakur Narain
Singh, who had been Chief of police in Jaipur State as well as a minister at
the neighbouring princely state of Alwar.
Narain Niwas was a country residence to which Amar Singh could withdraw when
he wanted a change from his busy administrative and court life, and from the
cares of ‘the Kanota family’s Haveli (the
Narain Niwas) within the walled city.
Like other noblemen of old Jaipur State, he built his "garden house" in the
vicinity of Rambagh, the pleasure garden and palace whose construction was begun
in the 19th century by Maharaja Ram Singh (1835- J880). Until World War II,
Narain Niwas surrounded by jungle where
Amar Singh could go for pig sticking (hunting wild boar), to shoot game birds,
and to hunt black buck and the occasional panther.
Singh reputation as a soldier, administrator and a sports man is exceeded by
his reputation as a diarist. His diary, kept in English for 44 years, from 2898
to 1942, in 89 folio volumes, 800 pages per volume, provides and unparalleled
ethnographic account of Rajput life in princely India in the late Victorian
and Edwardian eras.
Visitors can now enjoy traditional Rajput hospitality at Narain
Niwas Palace Hotel Jaipur. This property is being run as a Heritage
Hotel by the Kanota Family.
Restaurant of Narain Niwas Palace serves Indian, Continental, and Chinese Cuisine.
AC Rooms with Telephone and Attached Bath Running Hot & Cold Running Water.
Other Facilities & Services
Swimming Pool, Billiards Table, Table Tennis, Ayurvedic Massage, Doctor on Call,
Laundry, Money Changer, Safe Deposit, Travel Desk Service, Car-Parking.
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